Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

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172 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Philadelphia Construction Tax Rejected On September 13, the Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney proposed to commit nearly $71 million over the next five years to finance a legislative package, called the Housing Trust Fund, that was introduced earlier this year. The package aims to encourage first-time home ownership, keep longtime residents in their homes and increase options for affordable housing. The City Council originally expected to raise approximately $115 million for the fund, which would primarily be paid for by a one percent construction impact tax. However, the construction tax was rejected, as contesters claimed that it was an untested revenue source that would require significant resources to audit and collect. The Housing Trust Fund will instead rely on money raised through the city's general fund and new fees on developers in the city. Council president Darrell Clarke stated that the City Council would continue to search for new initiatives to raise at least $100 million in new funding to support equitable development in Philadelphia. New Jersey Heads Towards Clean Energy The 2008 Energy Master Plan developed to direct New Jersey into a more sustainable, energy efficient future led to a report commissioned by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and prepared by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP) that explains various strategies and programs to achieve New Jersey's goals to reduce projected energy demand by 20% in 2020. https://tinyurl. com/ybbkh4a2. Among the strategies established to improve the energy status of N.J., one of the most recent actions took place on September 17 when the NJBPU approved the mandate to open an application window for offshore wind capacity for 1.1 GW, which is the largest single-state offshore wind solicitation according to the public utilities board. Developers will be able to submit applications to build offshore wind facilities in federal waters, with an application deadline of December 28. The state claims it is now on its way to achieving its 2030 goal of 3.5 GW of offshore wind energy production. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 2

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